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Obama-administration apologist admits problem with Catholic voters

Catholic World News - November 18, 2011

Time columnist Amy Sullivan concedes that the Obama administration has a problem with Catholic voters, but argues that it was bad staff work--not a decision from the White House--that caused the difficulty.

When the Department of Health and Human Services terminated a grant to the US bishops' conference, because the bishops' program did not provide abortion and contraceptive services, the move was an unnecessary provocation, Sullivan says. Defending the administration's move nevertheless, she suggests that "partisanship," rather than a sincere concern about religious freedom, has motivated the public protests by Catholic bishops and their supporters. However, Sullivan concludes that "by bungling policy decisions and basic communications strategy, it has handed plenty of ammunition to its opponents."

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  • Posted by: kmbold - Nov. 20, 2011 6:32 PM ET USA

    If the administration has handed us the ammunition we'd better use it to its full advantage, and quickly. What makes me think the bishops will ultimately raise a white flag, as soon as and if the grant gets restored?

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Nov. 19, 2011 9:02 AM ET USA

    "Catholic" voters should have had problems with this administration and the party that spawned it since the Democrat party's foundation. The party's stand on slavery, religious rights, civil rights before Kennedy, and the instition of socialism since Wilson is contrary to Church teaching on subsidiarity. The end of the grant in light of the other grants is unfair. But, the government has no business giving grants to any one. It is not one of the powers envisioned in the constitution.

  • Posted by: mamato085337 - Nov. 19, 2011 7:38 AM ET USA

    The answer is Yes.

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